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Top 10 Logistics Companies in India 2015

Published by MBA Skool Team in Top Brands category Last Updated: May 17, 2016Read time:

Here is the list of the top 10 logistics companies in India in 2015. Courier, goods transportation and logistics services etc are an important part of business. The annual cost of Logistic services in India is attributed to 14% of GDP which accounts to USD 140 billion. Almost 99% of it is received by unorganized sector i.e. local transport company, small warehouses, less than 5 truck owners etc.) And slightly more than 1% is contributed to organized sector. However this industry is growing at a fast pace where Indian logistics companies making position in global market. This sector is a backbone for some of the leading industries like retail, pharmaceuticals, automobiles etc.

More and more companies are outsourcing their requirements to third party logistics providers (3PL) so as to concentrate more on their core business. With advent of ecommerce logistics companies play an important role in providing Omni channel solutions to customers. Major logistic providers in country are First Flight, DTDC, Blue Dart, CONCOR, Aegis, and TCI.

10. Agarwal Packers and Movers 

Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd is one of the largest Logistics companies in India.

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It is a logistic subsidiary of Agarwal Household Carrier established in 1987 and functioned particularly for the shifting of household goods. Agarwal movers group is a business conglomerate having its reach in Aviation Logistics, Packing and moving (both National and International), Transportation, Warehousing, 3PL, Cube-on-line Freight station and other related activities.

Mr. Ramesh Agarwal is the founder of Agarwal Packers & Movers and he played an important role in keys areas of development of transport and logistics. The company employs 2900 plus employees. The company maintains secure warehouse facilities for smoother transition of goods from one place to another. They believe in zero trans-shipment i.e. shifting of loads form one vehicle to another. They have “trucking cube concept” which allows the customer to share the carrier instead of booking whole of it thereby saving cost and company saving its fuel. Agarwal packers is an entrusted brand and has been able to serve more than 14 lacs of household till date and have registered themselves in “Limca book of records” for being the “Largest mover of household goods” for year 2013 and 2014. The company is one of the major members of IAM (International Association of Movers), USA. The company aim to meet global standards to compete in dynamically expanding industries. They have international presence across 182 countries and have their patent/TM registered in countries like Canada, USA, Australia etc. It has its corporate offices spread across major Indian cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. They are planning to raise funds to acquire supply chain companies and expand their relocation services.

Net Sales (INR Cr): 359.29

Net Profit (INR Cr): 7.46

Market Cap (INR Cr): 110


Gati Limited is leader in Express Distribution and Supply Chain Solutions.

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Its excellent customized solutions make it stand ahead of other logistics service providers. It was established in 1989 as a part of TCI but separated form it in 1996 and since then Gati has transformed the Indian logistic industry with several outstanding initiatives. It has an annual turnover of Rs.15, 273 Million. It offers an integrated Express Distribution and customized Supply Chain Solutions to customers from various industry backgrounds. Its founder and CEO Mr. Mahendra Agarwal believes that GATI’s values are the key driving forces that helped them in aligning their organization towards customer sensitivity and delivery meeting customer's expectations. GATI has more than 5000 vehicles on road and 3100 business partners in India. Their vision is to be a globally preferred provider of India centric supply chain solutions. Premium priced cargo management service is the key value offering by GATI. The e-Commerce Logistic Solutions vertical of Gati- Gati E-connect is India's first integrated e-Commerce logistic solutions provider. Gati supply chain solution - GATI-KWE is the joint venture between Gati and Kintetsu World Express, Japan’s leading logistics provider. Since the inception Gati has been working for social issues like Education, Environment, rural, healthcare with active contribution towards relief funds. Gati-Kausar, the cold chain subsidiary of Gati is one of the oldest cold chain companies in India. Gati has a large resource of over 215 refrigerated vehicles with latest technology climate controlled systems. Gati has established market presence in the Asia-Pacific region and SAARC countries, runs offices in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Nepal and is planning for further expansions.

Net Sales ((INR Cr): 415.93

Net Profit (INR Cr): 11.34

Market Cap (INR Cr): 1,597.78

8. Aegis Logistics

Aegis Logistics is in the Transport & Logistics sector.

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The current market capitalization stands at INR 2,363.89 crore. The company works as India’s leading oil, gas, and chemical logistics company. They believe in delivering superior customer service with a focus on quality, safety, and environmental standards. Aegis Logistics Ltd. was incorporated in 1956 and is listed in BSE since 1978. It is also listed on NSE. CARE has credited it with Rating 1 under LPG Regulations & Supply and Distribution Order. Bharat petroleum, HP, Reliance, TATA Steel, Shell are some of its key industry partners. Aegis has been in the policy of continuous improvement via the use of Lean six sigma and “5S” techniques. It has really helped in improving environmental standards, operational efficiency and quality performance. Aegis group id determined to meet the HSE i.e. Health, Safety and Environment standards as an essential component in their mission statement. Aegis group handles more than 700,000MT of LPG per annum and this is expected to rise as demand for energy in country increases. The EPC – Engineering, Procurement and Construction service division is deployed to provide expert solutions to its Liquid and Gas Terminals as outsourced service. In 2009 Aegis Logistics had an alliance with Essar Oil Ltd having a reciprocal arrangement where both companies agreed to sell fuel of other company at their respective retail outlets. Aegis is the sponsor of ANarDe foundations working towards eradication of poverty through various rural development programs. The company's strategy is to build a 'necklace' of port terminals around India's coastline from Pipavav to Haldia to Kochi. They are also working to develop a retail distribution network across the country for LPG business.

Net Sales (INR Cr): 370.85

Net Profit (INR Cr): 19.41

Market Cap (INR Cr): 2,378.08

7. First Flight Couriers

First Flight Couriers was started on 17th November 1986 and it had 3 offices at Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi.

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Founder and Managing director, O P Saboo spearheaded the organization to make it India’s Largest Domestic Courier Company. First Flight aims to provide an integrated solution for Warehousing, Supply Chain Services, Inventory handling and Distribution Channels. They have 1200 offices across India, 2300 authorized centers and 452 Franchise locations.

The focus of the company is to cater to the needs of all sorts of customers. Speed, safety, reliability and economy are the top reasons behind the fast pace growth and network of First Flight. Its products include Domestic, International, First Wing and special Flexi packages. They provide an innovative concept of “emotional bond” to send gifts, cards, cakes to dear ones to any part of the country. They provide various centralized services like “centralized or decentralized” billing facility, on request deliveries on Sundays and electronic confirmation on delivery via their website. They have been awarded with “Amity corporate excellence award”. Also First Flight Tours and Travels (an IATA approved agency) is the division of First Flight couriers to provide travel assistance to International and domestic places like airing tickets, foreign exchange, passport, and visa assistance etc.

Net Sales (INR Cr): 580

Net Profit (INR Cr): 60.1

Market Cap (INR Cr): 2767.31


DTDC courier & cargo has been on of the India’s leading courier service for last 22 years.

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DTDC deploys state-of-the-art technology, which offers World Class ERP (SAP), Real-time Connectivity and End-to-end Consignment Tracking and Tracing functionalities. DTDC aims to become India’s best end-to-end Logistics, and Express & Retail Services conglomerate with an extensive global reach. Franchise India awarded DTDC with the Best Franchisor Award in the country. Its industry partners are KPMG, Ernst and young, Deloitte, CapGemini, SAP, Cisco, IBM and Oracle. The company founds its success under the guidance of its visionary Founder and Chairman Mr. Subhasish Chakraborty. The company believes in high quality customer experience with continuous improvements of their products. It overs a range of services starting from domestic services, premium express services, supply chain solutions and International freight management services. DTDC has done several technological innovations like image scan of Proof of Delivery on web, mobile based real time update of deliveries, fleet management and GPRS solutions etc. It has E-notify a web-based solution for high priority services. Its Bulk tracker is a special tracking solution for its channel partners and corporates. Its corporate office is in Bangalore, Karnataka and offices present across all major cities – Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Net Sales (INR Cr): 550.5

Net Profit (INR Cr): 30.67

Market Cap (INR Cr): 7000

5. All Cargo Logistics Ltd

Allcargo Logistics is a part of Avvashya Group and is an integrated logistics multinational, headquartered in India.

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Allcargo operates across 90 plus countries through 200 plus offices globally. It mainly deals in Ship Owning & Chartering and 3PL & Warehousing services. It aims to become a business leader in delivering best logistics solutions. Allcargo Logistics Ltd is continuously investing in infrastructure, facilities and systems making their services consistent across all offices in India and globally. Mr. Shashi Kiran Shetty is the founder and Executive Chairman of the company. Allcargo Logistics achieved the 'Freight Forwarder of the Year' 2014. Headquartered at Mumbai, the company is listed in both BSE and NSE. Allcargo acquired Belgium-based ECU Line in 2005-06, the acquisition took place in three stages making Allcargo Logistics one of the largest NVOCC (non vessel operating common carrier) in the world. They believe in providing continuous service to their customers through innovation, continuous improvement and an effective review system. Allcargo has committed itself work towards the upliftment of underprivileged and economically challenged citizens of the country via Allcargo's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives are driven through its non profit NGO ‘Avashya Foundation’. AllCargo Logistics recently entered the e-commerce logistics sector by entering into a cargo consolidation contract with China’s online shopping giant Alibaba. Allcargo has significantly consolidated its international cargo business by two recent acquisition of Miami-based Econocaribe Consolidators in September 2013 and Netherlands-based FCL Marine Agencies in December same year, offers a diversified portfolio of logistics and transportation services.

Net Sales (INR Cr): 989.01

Net Profit (INR Cr): 56.12

Market Cap (INR Cr): 4,121.13

4. Transport Corp

Transport Corporation of India Limited is the largest integrated logistics company in India.

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TCI group is an amalgamation of TCI Freight, TCI XPS, TCI Supply Chain Solution, TCI Seaways, TCI Global and TCI Foundation. It was founded in 1958 by Mr Prabhu Dayal Agarwal and currently headed by Mr DP Agarwal. The main objective of the company is transport of goods by road, dealing in petroleum products & manufacture of textiles and yarn. The transport division commenced new activities in shipping & liquid transportation.Today TCI handles 2.5% of India's GDP by value by moving it from one place to another. The company started on low resources with single employee, vehicle and a small office and became India's leading Logistics & Supply Chain Solutions provider with a strong Global presence. It has over 1000 fully computerized offices across the country with 10 million sq. ft. of warehouses. Mr. TCI Freight is the largest division of Group TCI and the foremost surface transport entity. It has an extensive and strategically located branch network with specialized fleet of vehicles and the latest technological and functional infrastructure. The branches are well equipped that transportation requirements can be fulfilled for small or LTL (above 1 Ton) deliveries to every district of the country.They believe in CORE values i.e. Customer Focus, Ownership, responsiveness and Empathy. TCI foundation has always served the society through various means like educational development, sports development, disaster relief assistance and several alliances with NGOs dealing with underprivileged people. The chairman and Managing Director Mr. D.P.Agarwal was awarded Logistics of the year 2014 by Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Net Sales (INR Cr): 2,027.27

Net Profit (INR Cr): 62.01

Market Cap (INR Cr): 1,706.44

3. Gateway Distriparks

Gateway Distriparks Limited is one of the best logistics provider and facilitator in India.

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It is working for three stations i.e. Container Freight Stations (CFS), Inland Container Depots (ICD) and Cold Chain Storage Logistics. All of these are interlinked to provide the best customer delivery experience. The cold chain logistics of GDL is run by its subsidiary, Snowman Logistics Limited. GDL was incorporated in 1994;its main business services include General and Bonded Warehousing, handling of sea borne Cargo in containerized form. The Blackstone Group of USA has made an equity investment through Blackstone GPV Capital Partners (Mauritius) V-H Ltd in the company. Both of Gateway Rail Freight and Gateway Distriparks Ltd is headed by Mr. Prem Kishan Gupta as chairman and Managing Director. Gateway Rail Freight Ltd provides comprehensive multimodal logistics solutions spanning EXIM, domestic, reefer and terminal services with last mile connectivity helped by a large-scale network and multi-location presence in North India. GDL provides a large number of services like cargo stuffing and De-stuffing, empty container handling, repairs and many value added services like palletisation and sheet wrapping. They have special expertise in handling temperature sensitive cargo in refrigerated containers. GDL operates two Container Freight Stations, one at Navi Mumbai and other at Visakhapatnam. They are a lot into CSR activities towards environment and social initiatives like providing jobs, schools, hospitals and ambulances facilities.

Net Sales (INR Cr): 1,029.89

Net Profit (INR Cr): 195.2

Market Cap (INR Cr): 3,906.06

2. Blue Dart

Blue dart is South Asia’s one of the best premier courier and Distribution Company.

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It has an extensive distribution network spreading across 34,248 locations, and service in 220 countries and territories worldwide through DHL, their premier global brand name in express distribution services. They have unique infrastructure with latest state of art technology developed to Track and Trace, MIS, ERP, Customer Service, Space Control and Reservations. They have warehouses at 72 locations across the country as well as bonded warehouses at the 7 major metros of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Blue Dart has various technology-based solutions like InternetDart to track online the shipments, ShopTrack & Packtrack as their API for e-business portals. They have Blue Dart Aviation Ltd. a 100% subsidiary of Blue Dart Express Limited was launched in 1996 with a fleet of 2 Boeing 737-200 freighters It was mainly launched to support the high demand operations of Blue dart express. They have Dart Surfaceline - an economical, door-to-door, ground distribution service to over 34,248 locations in India for heavy weight shipments of 10 kgs and above. They also have numerous temperature-controlled solutions for specific customer needs. Blue Dart has been featured in the world's largest and most respected study of workplace excellence and people management practices as Top 50 'India's Best Companies to work for 2014’. Blue dart is in social initiatives with Go Teach (Education), Go Green (Environment), GoHelp (Disaster Management Response). They visioned to expand their market share and consolidate their premium position in the Indian market in near future.

Net Sales (INR Cr): 2,268.45

Net Profit (INR Cr): 34.74

Market Cap (INR Cr): 15,208.89

1. Container Corp (CONCOR)

Container Corporation of India was incorporated in 1988.

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It is a Navratna public Sector, which is undertaken by Indian Ministry of railways with government stake of 63%. It also incorporated seven inland container depots from Indian railways. It operates in three business areas: shipment of cargo carriers, terminal operations and warehousing. The company provides multi-modal logistics support to both the domestic and Exim trade. It has been the market leader in the Container Rail Segment with the largest network – 60 container terminals and around 220 rakes operating per year. CONCOR has 61 ICDs/CFSs (Container Freight Stations) throughout the country. The domestic division is maintained through a network of terminal or hubs. There are 5 exclusive domestic terminals and close to 20 terminals around the country. The new terminals are made both domestic and international combined. Concor is undertaking new initiatives like E-Filing, which is a web-based application for EXIM locations and is being operational at Terminal/Inland Container Depot of CONCOR. They have new types of BLC wagons with increased speed and increased length resulting in more payloads per train. For meeting domestic competition they follow hub and spoke model, which involve the linking of road or short lead rail shuttle services within defined catchment areas, to long lead point-to-point train services. CONCOR has been awarded with MOU Excellence Award. CONCOR was awarded for the “Web Based integrated container/terminal management system” project judged by AFACT as a winner of the e-Asia 2009 award in the category “electronic business in the public sector”. Concor is customer focused and response-oriented organization.

Net Sales (INR Cr): 4,984.55

Net Profit (INR Cr): 984.76

Market Cap (INR Cr): 34,139.98

Ranking Methodology

1. The major logistics companies in India with net sales more than INR 150 cr and market cap more than INR 100cr are filtered out.

2. Their net profit value is also taken into consideration.

3. These parameters are chosen because any logistic company can be a market leader if it serves more customers and moves more material leading to large sales. But not only sales can be the sole criteria we need to check its market worth as well as profits to analyze the growth rate in near future.

4. To rank these companies “ z value normalization “ is adopted.

5. Standard deviation and mean value for each parameter column is calculated.

6. Then z score is calculated for every company corresponding to each ie sales, profit and market cap.

Formula z score= (net sales of company A – mean value of net sales for all companies)/(standard deviation of net sales for all companies)

7. Similarly value is calculated for all other parameters - profit and market cap.

8. Then final rating is prepared by assigning equal weightage to all these z score which are then added and averaged.

Final rating company A = (Z score for Sales + Z score for profit + Z score for market cap)/(no of parameters)

9. Companies are then ranked in descending order as per the final rating.

This article has been researched & authored by the Content & Research Team which comprises of MBA students, management professionals, and industry experts. It has been reviewed & published by the MBA Skool Team. The content on MBA Skool has been created for educational & academic purpose only.

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